McConaughey leads Abbott in Texas poll as O'Rourke inches closer
Gregor Abbott. AP Photo / LM Otero
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) could feel the pressure, the latest poll from The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler shows.
Abbott's approval rating has dropped to 45 percent after six weeks after controversial laws like a ban on mask mandates amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a ban on most abortions. It's far too early to say how the election will play out over the next year, but two well-known potential candidates look like they could get Abbott a serious run if they eventually enter the race.
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Actor Matthew McConaughey, who has hinted that he is entertaining the idea (although it is unclear which party he would represent), led Abbott in a hypothetical matchup in the new poll with nine points, while former MP Beto O'Rourke (D -Tex.), Who ran for a seat in the upper chamber against Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) And later shot a shot at the Democratic presidential nomination, cut an earlier head-to-head deficit of 12 points. ab Abbott reduced to five in the survey. Abbott, however, has a more comfortable lead against major Republican challengers.
The Dallas Morning News / UT-Tyler poll was conducted between September 7-14 of 1,148 registered voters. The error rate is 2.9 percentage points. Read more on the Dallas Morning News.
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