Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5.4k votes 547 voters 8.2k 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
309 33
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
263 24
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
238 23
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
207 29
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
173 26
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

6
180 31
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
159 24
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
159 29
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

9
127 18
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

10
144 28
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
141 33
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
145 41
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
117 27
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
153 51
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
111 27
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

16
126 36
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

17
136 42
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

18
113 29
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

19
110 30
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
104 33
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
97 32
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
105 42
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
90 32
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

24
91 35
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

25
88 33
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

26
115 53
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

27
118 62
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
64 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

29
87 60
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

30
69 48
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
20 8
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
53 69
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional