(CNN) – As Sarah Palin mulls a presidential bid, the former Alaska governor is getting mixed news from Iowa, the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary season.
A newly released poll from the Des Moines Register suggests Palin is still liked by many GOP voters in the state, but perhaps not to the degree she once was.
The former Republican vice presidential nominee's favorability rating has slipped 6 points in the last year and a half among likely GOP caucus-goers in the state, a number that, while within the poll's sampling error, may suggest the excitement around Palin is beginning to dissipate as other likely presidential candidates have spent significantly more time there over the last 15 months.
According to the just-released survey, Palin's favorability rating among likely GOP voters in Iowa now stands at 65 percent, down from 71 percent in November 2009 when the ex-governor was traveling the country to promote her campaign memoir, Going Rogue.
Palin has solidified herself as a celebrity since that time, signing a contract with Fox News, starring in a reality show, and penning a second book. But the former vice presidential candidate has also visited Iowa only three times – twice to sell books and once to speak before at a Iowa Republican Party event - showing few signs she is interested in cultivating the voters whose support could significantly boost her presidential hopes.
And in another sign the intensity around Palin is fading in the Hawkeye State, support among GOP voters who say they view Palin "very favorably" has dropped 9 points, from 27 to 18 percent.
The Des Moines Register poll was conducted 13-16, with 800 Iowa adults, including 189 likely Republican voters, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of likely Iowa Republican voters was plus or minus 7.1 percentage points.