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Texans Would Back Matthew McConaughey in Governor Run, Poll Shows

Texans Would Back Matthew McConaughey in Governor Run, Poll Shows
In this screengrab, Matthew McConaughey speaks during "One World: Together At Home" presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Global Citizen )

By    |   Monday, 19 April 2021 12:14 PM

Matthew McConaughey could win the vote over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott if the actor were to enter the state's gubernatorial race next year.

In a hypothetical electoral match-up, McConaughey would lead Abbott by 12 points according to a new poll cited by Newsweek. The Academy Award-winning star was supported by 45 percent of Texas voters. Meanwhile, the incumbent governor received the backing of just 33 percent. An additional 22 percent said they would vote for someone else, in the poll published by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler on Sunday. 

McConaughey has not announced any definitive plans for a Texas governor run, but he has teased the idea in several interviews. During an appearance on "The Balanced Voice" podcast in March, McConaughey said it was a "true consideration" and that he was looking into what his leadership role was.

"Because I do think I have some things to teach and share," he said, via Page Six. "What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I’m going into now?"

In November, the actor said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" that a run would depend on the people more than himself.

"I would say this: Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now," he added. "And when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested."

McConaughey lamented to Hewitt that the country doesn't trust each other, saying "that leads to us not trusting in ourselves, which if that becomes epidemic, then we’ve got anarchy. I’m all for the individual, and I think it’s for, to make collective change that the individual needs to look in the mirror and say, 'How can I be a little bit better today?'"

McConaughey told Stephen Colbert during an appearance on the "Late Show" that he had no immediate plans to run for governor of Texas, but echoed his sentiments that the decision would ultimately "be up to a lot of other people," according to Yahoo! Entertainment.

It is unclear whether McConaughey would run as a Republican, a Democrat or as a third-party candidate, but he has spoken out against the "illiberal left" in the past. 

"There's a lot on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize and are arrogant towards that other 50 percent," he said in an interview with Russell Brand's podcast "Under the Skin." "I'm sure you saw it in our industry when [former President Donald] Trump was voted in four years ago. They were in denial that it was real. Some of them were in absolute denial."

"It looks like Biden's our guy," the actor added. "Now you've got the right that's in denial, because their side has fake news. And I understand, they've been fed fake news. No one knows what the hell to believe, right? So they're putting down their last bastion of defense."

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