Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5.9k votes 589 voters 8.8k views 32 items

List Rules Vote UP the characteristics that you hate the most.

Let's face it: politics can really bring out the worst in people, especially elected officials. Even the greatest politicians in history have had qualities that were horrible - or at best, really annoying. George Washington owned slaves, Teddy Roosevelt was an inveterate racist, Winston Churchill was a depressive alcoholic, and so on.

Just as every person has things about them that are good and bad, so too do the politicians we elect. Some of these qualities are criminal, sending politicians to prison for taking bribes, committing crimes, or exerting undue privilege. Others are just personality quirks or traits that some people find irritating. That irritation is heightened by the visibility and responsibilities of public office.

This list rounds up some of the worst qualities in politicians - from the merely annoying to the downright criminal. Vote up the most disgusting characteristics in lawmakers below! And if we missed any traits that really irritate you, be sure to add them to the list!
list ordered by

1
337 34
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
286 25
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
257 24
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
226 31
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
190 26
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

6
199 31
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
175 25
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
143 18
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

9
173 30
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

10
157 28
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
153 34
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
161 42
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
129 29
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
169 55
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
126 31
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

16
124 30
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

17
149 45
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

18
137 38
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

19
120 34
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
110 32
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

21
113 36
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

22
106 35
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

23
117 43
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

24
99 34
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

25
126 56
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated