Since the 2008 financial crisis, perceptions about the economic balance of power in the world have been shifting, with China increasingly seen as the world’s leading economic power. However, China’s increasing power has not led to more positive ratings for the People’s Republic. Overall, the U.S. enjoys a stronger global image than China.
People are more likely to consider the U.S. a partner to their country than to see China in this way. And respecting individual liberty remains the strong suit of America’s image. Meanwhile, both of these world powers are widely viewed as acting unilaterally in international affairs.
Despite the relatively positive ratings the U.S. receives globally, most believe China will someday become the leading overall superpower.