Balance of Power

World's Leading Economic Power

What country is the world's leading economic power?

Percent of France responding United States, all years measured

Survey Percent responding United States
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 44%
2009 45%
2010 41%
2011 42%
2012 29%
2013 34%
2014 37%
2015 40%
2016 41%
2017 37%

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.