Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
6.1k votes 609 voters 9.1k 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!
list ordered by

1
351 34
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
298 26
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
268 25
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
235 32
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
196 28
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

6
207 32
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
183 25
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
148 20
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

9
177 32
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

10
161 30
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
158 36
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
167 44
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
134 29
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
176 56
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
143 38
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

16
131 32
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

17
129 31
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

18
154 46
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

19
124 35
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
114 34
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

21
116 37
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

22
110 36
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

23
121 44
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

24
103 35
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

25
130 57
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated