Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
4.9k votes 502 voters 7.5k 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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286 26
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
241 21
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
218 22
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
193 25
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
147 19
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

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166 26
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
158 25
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

8
147 25
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

9
112 16
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

10
135 26
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
131 29
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
110 25
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

13
132 38
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

14
144 45
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
129 37
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

16
119 32
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

17
103 26
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

18
99 25
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

19
101 29
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
95 30
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
88 29
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
96 39
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
81 30
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

24
81 31
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

25
82 32
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

26
106 50
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

27
109 56
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
82 52
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

29
55 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

30
61 46
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
14 6
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
47 64
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional