Culture The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
6.5k votes 679 voters 9.9k 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
388 37
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption
2
326 31
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty
3
291 28
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical
4
257 35
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed
5
202 26
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy
6
221 34
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness
7
209 31
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement
8
166 20
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others
9
191 34
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness
10
168 32
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions
11
168 38
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited
12
178 45
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance
13
142 30
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness
14
194 61
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist
15
155 39
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering
16
144 33
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything
17
139 32
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive
18
163 48
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy
19
128 37
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness
20
125 39
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity
21
120 36
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful
22
127 46
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness
23
113 39
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills
24
108 36
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia
25
140 60
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated