Yes, politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this… That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one.
The researchers compiled personality assessments of the 42 previous U.S. presidents — up to and including George W. Bush — using data from about 100 historical experts, such as biographers, journalists, and political scholars. Those personalities were compared with each president’s performance, and links began to emerge.
Out of all the former presidents tested in the Emory study, Theodore Roosevelt ranked the highest for fearless dominance, according to the researchers. He was followed by John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Rutherford Hayes, Zachary Taylor, Bill Clinton, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson and George W. Bush.
All of this reminded me of the following quote from the following 1965 novel: