It’s happening, Outsiders: Matthew McConaughey is currently leading the Lone Star State’s gubernatorial polls by 9 points.
“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) supporter David Justman, 46, says Sunday. Justman lives near Tyler in East Texas, and like many of us Outsiders he’s keeping a close eye on the state’s race for governor.
Justman is one of many speaking out on the race as part of The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler’s latest poll. The main event? Beloved Texas icon Matthew McConaughey leading the races. He’s doing so courtesy of Gov. Abbott’s own approval rating dropping to 45% in the fallout of his recent legislations. From banning COVID-19 mask mandates to most abortions, Abbott is “in trouble,” the trade cites.
McConaughey continues to state publicly that he’s interested in being Texas Governor. We still have no idea, however, which party – if any – he wishes to represent. And with questions that big remaining unanswered for voters, many aren’t happy with the prospect of an actor for governor.
“He may be a Texas native, but I feel like he has not been a participant in Texas political matters,” retired railroad worker and Texas Democrat Bill Neill, 75, tells The Dallas Morning News. Neill would rather elect former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
The actor might not bear a political history, but his involvement with Texas disaster and citizen relief is paramount through his charities.
Legislation of Current Texas Seats Pave Way for Matthew McConaughey
Dallas Morning News poll was conducted with UT-Tyler between September 7-14. 1,148 registered voters would participate, with a margin of error of 2.9%. Yet even with numbers like this, Matthew McConaughey is already showing a decent lead in citizen polls.
While Abbott’s agenda continues to take hold of Texas, residents like Independent paramedic Walter Story, 51, believe “The man is a complete idiot.”
Story believes his governor is “not listening to scientific results [and] he’s initiated his own little war… He’s [making] poor decisions for the state, including diverting money to a wall we do not need that could go to education or food for the hungry. … The man just needs to be out of there,” Story continues.
Two-thirds of Republicans are behind Abbott in Texas. But Independents like Story are not. Democrats are on the polar opposite side; many of which may wind up voting Matthew McConaughey come 2022. And if the last two Presidential Elections taught Texas anything, it’s that Republicans no longer hold all of the state’s voting power.
Yet we don’t even know if Beto O’Rourke or Matthew McConaughey will enter the race. If the latter does, Texas may wind up with an Oscar-winning actor as their governor. One who owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion over Lake Austin.
Back for the trade’s April 2021 poll, O’Rourke led Abbott 45-33. By July, Abbot would reclaim a marginal victory at 39-38.
Sunday, Abbot supporter Rose Miller, 74, says she “wouldn’t vote for [Beto O’Rouke] if he was the last person on Earth. I don’t like him, and I don’t think he knows what he’s doing.”
Would she vote for Matthew McConaughey, though? That decision may be incoming. As of this latest poll, the Oscar-winner is in the lead 44-35.