Balance of Power

World's Leading Economic Power

What country is the world's leading economic power?

Percent of South Africa responding United States, all years measured

Survey Percent responding United States
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 49%
2009 -
2010 -
2011 -
2012 -
2013 46%
2014 43%
2015 53%
2016 42%
2017 41%

Full question wording: Today, which ONE of the following do you think is the world's leading economic power? The United States, China, Japan, or the countries of the European Union?

Notes: Volunteered categories “Other” and “None/There is no leading economic power” not shown.