New research supports what much of the electorate may already suspect: Many narcissistic people are drawn to politics, and that could put democracy in danger. For the study, researchers surveyed thousands of people in the United States and Denmark. The investigators found that narcissism was associated with higher participation in early politics, like contacting decision makers and publicising their opinions. In addition, people with higher levels of narcissism speak out more, so politicians could be more likely to hear them, according to the researchers. The study, which the authors say could provide insight into how and why certain political candidates are successful, also found an association between the traits of superiority and authority/leadership and greater participation in politics, while self-sufficiency was associated with less participation.