Greg Abbott Holds 6-Point Lead Over Beto O'Rourke, Poll Shows

Actor Matthew McConaughey must decide quickly, as Texas’ 2022 gubernatorial contest is taking shape fast, a poll published Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and UT-Tyler poll shows

File photo of Beto O'Rourke (left), Greg Abbott (center), Matthew McConaughey (right).
NBC 5 News

Freshly announced gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke is running six percentage points behind Gov. Greg Abbott in a direct matchup, and Abbott leads both the Democrat O’Rourke and Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey in a three-way race for Texas governor, according to Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll released Sunday.

In a race between Abbott and O’Rourke, the two-term GOP incumbent leads among all registered voters, 45%-39%. A substantial 22% want someone else to be governor, the poll found.

By nearly 2-to-1, all voters would be more likely to support McConaughey than O’Rourke. Pluralities of Democrats and independents want the Oscar-winning movie star and products endorser to run.

Read more about the poll results and analysis from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

Contact Us