“Would you be more likely to support Matthew McConaughey than Beto O’Rourke?” the survey asked respondents, who chose the Dallas Buyers Club star by two digits.
Overall, McConaughey garnered 49% support, 22% more than the 27% O’Rourke garnered. Independent voters gave McConaughey a 51% advantage over O’Rourke’s 20%, but Democratic voters, in particular, chose O’Rourke 52% versus 34% for the actor.
When the race is split between three – Gov. Greg Abbott, O’Rourke and McConaughey, Abbott holds the lead with 37% support, followed by McConaughey (27%) and O’Rourke (26%). However, those polled said they would be more likely to support McConaughey than Abbott in a one-on-one clash, 43% to 35%. Still, Abbott leads O’Rourke in a similar clash, 45% to 39%.
Ultimately, a plurality, 40 percent, said they wanted the Dazed and confused star to run for governor of Lone Star State, while a third said no.
The poll, conducted from November 9 to 16, 2021, among 1,106 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.
McConaughey has continued to tease a gubernatorial candidacy in recent months. During a September appearance of the podcast Set it Straight: Mythes and Legends, he confirmed he was still revolving around the prospect.
“I measure it. Listen, it’s going to be to a certain extent. … I’m just – I’m more of a statesman, folk poet and philosopher than a definitive politician in and of himself, ”he said. “So I’m leaving, well that’s a reason not to, but then I’m leaving, no that’s exactly why you should, because the policy needs to be redefined, but I’m measuring, you know, what is my category? What is my embassy?
The actor recently came under fire from the left after suggesting he “couldn’t get younger people to be vaccinated” during an appearance at the New York Times DealBook Summit. He then took to Instagram to clarify his comments, telling his 5.8 million followers that he was not against immunizing all children.
“What is NOT true, and implied by the clickbait headlines ever since, is that I am against vaccinating children at all,” he wrote. “This is not true. In fact, our 13 year old eldest son, Levi, is fully vaccinated against COVID 19.”
Last month, McConaughey criticized Texas’ heartbeat law, banning abortions on babies after a fetal heartbeat was detected, and praised his potential challenger, O’Rourke, calling it “good. man ”who has the“ right kind of compassion that a liberal- partisan politicians need and are needed.