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The Worst Qualities in Politicians 

Mike Rothschild
Updated September 20, 2019 8.1k votes 835 voters 12.1k 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!

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Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption
2
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty
3
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical
4
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed
5
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness
6
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy
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Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement
8
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others
9
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness
10
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance
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Racist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist
12
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions
13
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited
14
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering
15
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy
16
Taking Credit for Everyt... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything
17
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness
18
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive
19
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist
20
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated
21
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness
22
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful
23
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity
24
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness
25
Poor Communication Skill... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills