Politics The Worst Qualities in Politicians  

Mike Rothschild
5.6k votes 563 voters 8.5k 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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1
321 33
Corruption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Corruption

2
273 25
Dishonesty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Dishonesty

3
247 24
Unethical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Unethical

4
218 31
Greed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Greed

5
181 26
Bad Judgement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Bad Judgement

6
191 31
Selfishness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Selfishness

7
168 24
Hypocrisy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mark Williams added Hypocrisy

8
134 18
Blaming Others is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
RobLein added Blaming Others

9
166 29
Short-Sightedness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Short-Sightedness

10
150 28
Lack of Convictions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Convictions

11
145 34
Mean-Spirited is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Mean-Spirited

12
152 42
Arrogance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Arrogance

13
121 28
Indecisiveness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Indecisiveness

14
160 53
Racist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Racist

15
142 43
Lack of Empathy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Lack of Empathy

16
116 28
Evasive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Evasive

17
131 37
Warmongering is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Warmongering

18
118 30
Taking Credit for Everything is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Taking Credit for Everything

19
114 33
Laziness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Laziness

20
107 34
Pomposity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Pomposity

21
102 32
Vengeful is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Vengeful

22
110 42
Smugness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Smugness

23
95 32
Paranoia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Paranoia

24
98 35
Poor Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Poor Communication Skills

25
121 54
Uneducated is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Uneducated

26
91 34
Reactionary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Reactionary

27
123 63
Sexist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Sexist

28
67 37
Micromanagement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Micromanagement

29
90 61
Homophobia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Homophobia

30
73 48
Stubbornness is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Stubbornness

31
23 8
Classist is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
frankiepanki added Classist

32
56 69
Overemotional is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst Qualities in Politicians
Overemotional