Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5.2k votes 528 voters 8k 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
299 29
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
255 23
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
231 22
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
202 28
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
176 27
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

6
168 25
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

7
156 22
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
156 26
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

9
122 17
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

10
142 27
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
138 32
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
141 39
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
115 26
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
150 47
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
124 34
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

16
134 40
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

17
108 25
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

18
111 28
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

19
108 29
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
102 32
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
95 31
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
103 41
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
88 31
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

24
86 32
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

25
112 51
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

26
87 34
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

27
115 59
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
86 56
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

29
62 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

30
67 47
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
19 7
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
51 66
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional