What does the world think of America?

by Simon Torkington | World Economic Forum

The United States is the world’s largest economy and has the mightiest military force on the planet. The US president is routinely referred to as the most powerful person in the world.But is all that enough to win a global popularity contest? Let’s not forget that in some parts of the world, notably the Middle East and parts of Asia, the US has a big reputation problem.

The Pew Research Center has been tracking international opinion of the US over a number of years. Its 2016 poll gives a clear insight into how people around the world, from Germany to Japan, feel about America as Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end.

Pew asked people in 16 nations a range of questions to gauge the current level of popularity.

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