Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5k votes 514 voters 7.7k 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!
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291 28
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
247 21
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
223 22
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
197 26
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
151 20
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

6
171 26
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
162 25
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

8
152 25
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

9
115 16
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

10
138 26
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
133 30
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
135 38
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
112 25
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
146 46
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
130 39
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

16
120 34
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

17
106 26
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

18
103 25
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

19
104 29
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
98 30
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
90 30
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
98 40
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
84 31
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

24
83 31
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

25
84 33
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

26
108 51
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

27
110 58
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
83 54
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

29
58 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

30
63 47
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
16 6
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
50 64
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional