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article imageU.S. tops survey as most admired country, dramatic rise over 2008

By Kay Mathews     Oct 5, 2009 in World
After declining in global admiration during the Bush years, the United States has taken the top spot as the most admired country globally. The "dramatic change" in standing is attributed to Pres. Obama and his administration.
According to an Oct. 5 Reuters report, a recent survey shows that the "United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration."
The United States rose from seventh place in 2008 to the number one spot this year in terms of being the most admired nation globally. The U.S. overtook countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Germany in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).
Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year, was quoted as saying, "What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009."
Reuters reports that Anholt believes the administration of George W. Bush caused America's global standing to suffer largely due to unpopular foreign policies.
In an interview with Reuters, Anholt indicated, "since Obama was elected, and despite the recent economic turmoil, the country's [USA] status has risen globally. There is no other explanation."
GFK Roper Public Affairs & Media conducted the global survey which involved "20,000 people in 20 rich and developing countries around the globe." Participants were asked to rate 50 countries in categories such as people, culture, education, landscape, governance, exports, and tourism.
China rose to 22nd while Canada fell from fourth to seventh. Anholt, who has been doing the annual poll since 2005, indicated to Reuters that "It is the first time China's profile has risen. Since the Olympics its score for tourism and its people has risen and that has helped to stem its decline.
Nations at the other end of the spectrum on the survey included Kenya and Columbia, tied for 47th place, Angola at 49th, and Iran took the 50th spot.
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