Germany top-rated global power for 3rd straight year
July 27, 2020
Germany has retained and even enhanced its image as the favorite global power in 2019, an annual Gallup poll shows. The US, China and Russia are all vying for a distant second place in global leadership approval.
Germany maintained its position as the most highly rated country in the world for a third year running in 2019, while the US approval ratings stayed well below those achieved under the last administration, according to a global leadership poll conducted by Gallup.
With a 44% approval rating, Germany outstripped the US by 11%, with disapproval of the current US leadership most marked in Europe.
As the poll was conducted before the coronavirus pandemic struck, ratings for the US might fall even further as the world watches Washingon's failure to come to grips with the outbreak.
During the previous administration of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, the US held the status of the most respected country in the world except in 2011, when it dipped just under Germany in the ratings. When Donald Trump took the presidency, however, the country's approval ratings took a nosedive, falling 18 percentage points to an all-time low of 30%.
The US's approval rating across 135 countries moved up very slightly in 2019 to 33%, but that is still one percentage point lower than the previous nadir of 34% under former President George W. Bush in 2008.