WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A majority of voters in 3 southern states, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina, say they would rather Congress take steps to improve the Affordable Care Act rather than repeal it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

While most don’t like the law, they do not want it to be taken off the books entirely, even in states that lean Republican.

In the states with their own health care exchanges, like Kentucky and Arkansas (which has a partnership with the federal government), more said they thought the marketplace was working well.

Twice as many Kentuckians said the state exchange was working well than those who said it wasn’t.

All four states showed a majority disapproved of how President Obama handled health care reform.

The poll found the respondents differed along party lines: large amounts of Republicans wanted to see the law repealed and replaced and most Democrats wanted to see improvements to existing law.

Independents were evenly divided.

The law does not seem to have hurt the Democratic governors of Arkansas and Kentucky, who enjoy a plurality of support.

Their Republican counterparts in Louisiana and North Carolina are both given an approval rating of 41 percent.

A majority of respondents in all four states were sharply critical of media coverage, saying it had focused on politics instead of policy.

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