Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5.4k votes 549 voters 8.3k 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
265 24
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

2
311 33
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

3
240 23
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
209 29
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
175 26
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

6
182 31
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
160 24
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
160 29
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

9
128 18
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

10
145 28
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
142 33
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
146 41
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
118 27
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
154 51
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
112 27
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

16
127 36
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

17
137 42
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

18
114 29
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

19
111 30
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
105 33
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
98 32
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
106 42
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
91 32
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

24
92 35
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

25
89 33
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

26
116 53
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

27
119 62
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
65 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

29
88 60
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

30
70 48
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
21 8
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
54 69
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional