Which comes closest to expressing your view about politicians?
They're all scumbags
A few are honest, but the rest are scumbags
Many are honest, but a few are scumbags and tarnish the reputation of the good ones
The vast majority are decent people trying to make the world a better place
Most start out as decent and honourable but over time they lose their idealism and become scumbags
None of these quite express how I feel, so perhaps I'll explain how I feel in a comment.
Do you think the media is generally fair in their criticisms of those who hold political office?
For the most part yes, the media is fair in its criticisms of elected officials.
The media is often unfair to those holding office.
Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't.
Which of these statements do you agree with?
Unfair criticism of elected officials prevents good men and women from seeking office.
Many good men and women don't run for office because these offices are not properly remunerated and they can make more money in the private sector.
Many good men and women don't run for office because the system does not allow for independent thought.
Since running for political office takes money, people who are elected are in the pockets of those who financed their campaigns.
Generally speaking, are those who hold public office paid sufficiently?
Should political campaigns be publicly funded to prevent large donors from having an influence?
Would you run for public office?
Which of these factors affected your answer to the previous question?
My desire to influence government on a particular issue
My strong sense of responsibility
Fear of being criticized publicly
My financial position
My idea of how political office holders are regarded by the public
My family history
Skeletons in my closet
My own assessment of my abilities
My own history of political involvement or activism
My sense of apathy
Other (please comment and say what.)