Karen Alquist/TLC
May 14, 2009 08:55 AM

Jon and Kate Gosselin are admittedly going through a rough patch, but a majority of PEOPLE.com readers polled believe that the TV stars, who have eight kids, should stay together.

The married stars of TLC’s hit Jon and Kate Plus Eight are struggling to keep their relationship together in the wake of allegations that Jon was seeing another woman. “I don’t know that we’re in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing,” Kate tells PEOPLE in its new issue.

But PEOPLE.com readers overwhelming voted that Jon and Kate should stay together, with 76 percent saying the couple should work it out rather than split.

“They need to stop doing the show for now and work on keeping their family and marriage back on track,” reader Rhonda Schehr wrote. Another reader, Debbie Wilde Geiger, advised the pair to, “Get out of the public eye, and focus on their marriage and family.”

Jon has apologized for using “poor judgment” by going out late with friends, but he maintains that “family is the most important thing in my life.”

While Kate says she and Jon have been struggling for months, she also is optimistic about her marriage. “I will never give up hope that every member of our family can be absolutely happy again,” she tells PEOPLE.

Seems readers are holding out hope too!

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