Balance of Power

World's Leading Economic Power

What country is the world's leading economic power?

Percent of Germany responding United States, all years measured

Survey Percent responding United States
2002 -
2003 -
2004 -
2005 -
2006 -
2007 -
2008 25%
2009 20%
2010 18%
2011 22%
2012 13%
2013 19%
2014 20%
2015 27%
2016 34%
2017 24%

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.