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Politics Generally


(Note: In the fifth question, by "publicly funded", I mean funded by tax dollars)
Poll #992280 Politics

Which comes closest to expressing your view about politicians?

They're all scumbags
4(5.7%)
A few are honest, but the rest are scumbags
27(38.6%)
Many are honest, but a few are scumbags and tarnish the reputation of the good ones
15(21.4%)
The vast majority are decent people trying to make the world a better place
2(2.9%)
Most start out as decent and honourable but over time they lose their idealism and become scumbags
19(27.1%)
None of these quite express how I feel, so perhaps I'll explain how I feel in a comment.
3(4.3%)

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.
11(15.7%)
The media is often unfair to those holding office.
15(21.4%)
Sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't.
44(62.9%)

Which of these statements do you agree with?

Unfair criticism of elected officials prevents good men and women from seeking office.
2(3.0%)
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.
1(1.5%)
Many good men and women don't run for office because the system does not allow for independent thought.
7(10.4%)
Since running for political office takes money, people who are elected are in the pockets of those who financed their campaigns.
5(7.5%)

Generally speaking, are those who hold public office paid sufficiently?

Yes
38(54.3%)
No
6(8.6%)
I'm not sure
26(37.1%)

Should political campaigns be publicly funded to prevent large donors from having an influence?

Yes
36(52.2%)
No
7(10.1%)
I'm not sure
26(37.7%)

Would you run for public office?

Yes
10(14.3%)
No
50(71.4%)
I'm not sure
10(14.3%)

Which of these factors affected your answer to the previous question?

My desire to influence government on a particular issue
1(1.6%)
My strong sense of responsibility
0(0.0%)
Fear of being criticized publicly
0(0.0%)
My financial position
0(0.0%)
My idea of how political office holders are regarded by the public
0(0.0%)
My family history
0(0.0%)
Skeletons in my closet
3(4.7%)
My own assessment of my abilities
1(1.6%)
My own history of political involvement or activism
1(1.6%)
My sense of apathy
3(4.7%)
Other (please comment and say what.)
5(7.8%)
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