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Matthew McConaughey could have a shot at becoming governor of Texas, according to a new poll that found the Oscar winner has more support from voters in the state than incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.
Forty-five percent of registered voters in the Lone Star State would vote for McConaughey, while 33% would vote for Abbott and 22% would choose someone else, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler consisting of 1,126 voters.
Abbott, a Republican, is up for re-election next year.
McConaughey, a Texas native who lives with his family in Austin, has been speaking out about his political aspirations for some time, and called a run for Texas governor a “true consideration” when asked about it in March.
“I’m giving it consideration,” he said in another interview on “CBS This Morning” later that month. “I would be a fool not to. It’s a very honorable thing to consider.”
As for his potential opponent, McConaughey, 51, said he was “dumbfounded” after Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s unclear which party (if any) McConaughey allies with, though 66% of Democrats surveyed in the new poll said they’d vote for the “Dazed and Confused” star while 30% of Republicans would. On the flip side, 56% of Republicans said they would vote for Abbott while only 8% of Democrats would.
As for independents, 44% reported that they would vote for McConaughey, 28% for Abbott and 28% for someone else.
In the past, the actor has called himself “aggressively centrist.”
“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 Mark Owens, who directed the poll, 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.”