More of the uninsured population plan to buy their health insurance through an exchange, according to a new Gallup poll, out Thursday.

Fifty-six percent of uninsured Americans who plan to buy health insurance say they will do so through a public exchange, up from 50 percent in December and 45 percent in October.

The reason for the increase, Gallup researchers said, might be because of improvements made to the federal exchange website after problems had plagued the site for months. "Another factor may be that previously uninsured Americans who now have health insurance for 2014 had other options, such as insurance through an employer or signing up on a spouse's or parent's plan," Gallup reported. "Those options may not be as available to those who remain uninsured."

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