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Texas Gov. Matthew McConaughey? New poll has him with double-digit lead over Greg Abbott

Actor Matthew McConaughey, left, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right.
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Actor Matthew McConaughey, left, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right.

DALLAS, Texas -- Actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey has said that running for governor of Texas is a "true consideration" that he's giving thought to.

If he were running and the election were held today, a new poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas-Tyler shows McConaughey with a a 12-point edge over incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

The poll found 45 percent of registered voters would back McConaughey, compared to 33 percent for Abbott.

It showed McConaughey enjoys significant popularity among Democrats, although he's never publicly indicated whether he considers himself a Democrat or a Republican and has been critical of both political parties at various times. A majority of Republicans prefer Abbott, who is seeking a third term in next year's election.

“Matthew McConaughey gets a huge boost from tremendous name recognition and recognition for what he does to help Texans and add to the celebration of the state’s successes,” UT-Tyler political scientist and poll director Mark Owens told the Dallas Morning News. “Most of our survey respondents know his story, but many are waiting to see how he opens his next chapter.”

The poll surveyed 1,126 registered Texas voters between April 6 to 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. A complete breakdown of the poll's results are below.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. Why not? Obama and Trump were elected due to “rock star” status, so I guess anything is possible. He’d never get my vote but there’s people out there who rely solely on name recognition at the ballot box.

  2. Hey Steve I’m sure the stupid people would vote for a “star”, part of the problem with our society is they are lazy and don’t know or want to know the issues at hand, all they want is someone to promise them something for free. Obama was a good orator and little else unless you tie in is arrogance. Just like Trump, the freshman senator Obama thought he was Gods gift to America. Do these people realize they would vote for a man that took drama in school and that would be his ONLY qualification?

  3. We could use a Governor who knows the difference between right and wrong instead of what we have now. That criteria would exclude 95% of Republicans and 100% of trumpites. His political and governing experience would be irrelevant.

    1. Really Mark? Was Maxine Waters right or wrong for potentially calling for violence and insurrection and definitely tampering with a jury?

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