Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
6.2k votes 634 voters 9.3k 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
366 35
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
310 26
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
278 25
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
246 32
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
215 32
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

6
192 25
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

7
201 29
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

8
155 20
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

9
182 33
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

10
165 31
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
162 36
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
173 44
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
138 30
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
138 32
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

15
183 58
Racist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

16
134 31
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

17
146 39
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

18
157 46
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

19
127 36
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
117 35
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

21
120 38
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

22
124 44
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
111 37
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

24
105 36
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

25
133 57
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated