Balance of Power

World's Leading Economic Power

What country is the world's leading economic power?

Percent of United Kingdom responding United States, all years measured

Survey Percent responding United States
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 44%
2009 46%
2010 38%
2011 33%
2012 28%
2013 33%
2014 34%
2015 39%
2016 43%
2017 31%

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.