Canada Seen As The Most Pos­i­tive In­flu­ence Glob­ally

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY, FORBES CON­TRIB­U­TOR, AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

Ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey from Ip­sos MORI, the U.S. is be­ing in­creas­ingly over­looked as hav­ing a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on world af­fairs. The re­search polled 18,000 re­spon­dents across 25 na­tions, find­ing that only 40% of peo­ple think the U.S. has a strongly or some­what pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the world stage. That’s less than China, whose global role is viewed fa­vor­ably by 49% of peo­ple and ahead of Rus­sia’s 35%. Canada was seen as set­ting the best ex­am­ple, with 81% of re­spon­dents say­ing it had a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on world af­fairs.

The U.S. im­age dropped 24 per­cent­age points since last year’s rank­ing due to much of the world los­ing con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Trump’s lead­er­ship as well as ris­ing in­ter­na­tional skep­ti­cism about his “Amer­ica First” poli­cies. Gen­er­ally, Canada, Germany and France are per­ceived as be­ing rel­a­tively neu­tral coun­tries that are stand­ing firm amid a ti­dal wave of na­tion­al­is­tic pop­ulism. Amid the storm that is Brexit, the United King­dom and the Euro­pean Union are seen as hav­ing a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence by 57% of re­spon­dents each. Is­rael and Iran are at the bot­tom of the rank­ing with only 32% and 21% of peo­ple re­spec­tively view­ing their global in­flu­ence in a pos­i­tive light.

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