Balance of Power

World's Leading Economic Power

What country is the world's leading economic power?

Percent of United States responding United States, all years measured

Survey Percent responding United States
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 46%
2009 48%
2010 38%
2011 38%
2012 40%
2013 39%
2014 40%
2015 46%
2016 -
2017 51%

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.