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Published July 14, 2017

China Tied With US In Global Popularity Rankings

By Ben Cost

Thought that the ascendance of the Donald (who had the distinction of being the President with lowest approval rating ever this past April), would torpedo the US' position in the global popularity contest? Think again. According to a global popularity poll compiled by a Washington-based Pew research poll, China is currently almost neck-in-neck with the US.

 

Per CNN, "Among nearly 42,000 people across 38 countries polled by the Washington-based Pew Research Center this spring, 49% held a favorable view of the United States, compared to 47% for China."

 

Popularity was defined across a variety of factors, including global confidence, generational shift and economic might. China scored particularly well in the latter category with a whopping 32% of countries --including top US allies like Canada -- viewing the Middle Kingdom as the world's top economic power compared to 42% in the US -- a major increase from previous years. Although we never knew that economic might was all that subjective. What is certain is that China is on course to become the world's largest economy by 2050.

 

Neither the MK nor the US fared particularly well in the global confidence department with 53% of those polled disagreeing that Xi Jinping would do the right thing an eye-popping 74% having absolutely no confidence in the Donald. We can't imagine that the recent fiasco involving dissident Liu Xiaobo  -- who passed away from liver cancer yesterday -- will boost China's ranking in this category. 

 

Surprisingly, despite China's human rights track record (bolstered by a tsunami of anti-China propaganda pushed by major Western news outlets) the younger demographic in the the US and Europe tend to view China favorably due to its abundance of Western brands. Though they still lag behind the US in the realm of personal freedoms, clocking in at 25% compared to the US' 53%.

 

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