McConaughey leads Abbott in Texas poll as O'Rourke inches closer

Greg Abbott. AP Photo/LM Otero
Texas Governor. Greg Abbott (R), may feel the pressure. The latest poll by The Dallas Morning News, University of Texas at Tyler and The Dallas Morning News shows.

Abbott's approval rating dropped to 45 per cent after controversial legislation, such as a ban of mask mandates in the COVID-19 pandemic, and a ban for most abortions within six weeks. Although it's too soon to predict how the election will go, two well-known candidates could offer Abbott a serious challenge if they enter the race.

Actor Matthew McConaughey has suggested that he is open to the idea, though it's not clear what party he would represent. Abbott led by nine points in a hypothetical matchup, while former Rep. Beto (D-Tex. , who ran against Senator Ted Cruz (R.Tex.). For a seat in the upper chamber, and then later for a shot at the Democratic presidential nominating process, he cut down a 12-point deficit against Abbott to just five. Abbott has a greater advantage against Republican primary opponents, however.

The Dallas Morning News/UT Tyler poll was conducted among 1,148 registered voters between Sept. 7-14. The margin of error is 2.9%. The Dallas Morning News has more information.

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