Globally, More Name U.S. Than China as World’s Leading Economic Power

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July 13, 2017

But balance shifts in eyes of some key U.S. trading partners and allies

Across 38 nations polled by Pew Research Center, a median of 42% say the U.S. is the world’s leading economy, while 32% name China. Across all of the countries surveyed in Latin America, as well as most in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, publics tend to believe the U.S. is the top economy. And by a 51%-35% margin, Americans name their own country rather than China.

But in seven of the 10 European Union nations in the study, China is considered the …read more

Source: Pew Research

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