Culture The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
6.4k votes 665 voters 9.7k 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
382 36
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption
2
322 30
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty
3
288 28
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical
4
255 35
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed
5
200 26
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy
6
207 30
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement
7
219 34
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness
8
165 20
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others
9
188 34
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness
10
167 32
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions
11
166 37
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited
12
176 45
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance
13
141 30
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness
14
154 39
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering
15
143 33
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything
16
188 61
Racist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist
17
137 32
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive
18
162 47
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy
19
127 37
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness
20
119 36
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful
21
123 39
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity
22
126 45
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness
23
112 38
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills
24
107 36
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia
25
138 60
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated