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Gallup's Latest Rating World Leaders Report

Find out how people worldwide viewed U.S. leadership compared with Germany, Russia and China in 2020 and the first six months of 2021. Track approval ratings over a period that included record lows during Donald Trump's presidency through the rebound at the beginning of the Biden administration. Download the 2021 report for more information.

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Rating World Leaders Report

Each year, Gallup releases the Rating World Leaders report, which details the rise -- or fall -- in leading world powers' job approval ratings across the globe, where the biggest gains and losses came from, and how each country stacks up.

median percentage of people worldwide who approved of U.S. leadership in the first six months of 2021, tying the previous record high set under former President Barack Obama


median worldwide approval rating for Germany in 2020, the highest rating Gallup has ever recorded


median percentage of people in Africa who approved of U.S. leadership in 2020, the highest worldwide

2021 State of the Global Workplace Report

Why Is Public Perception of Global Leaders Important?

Visit the Global Leadership Approval Center to learn more about how and why Gallup tracks what the world thinks of major world powers.

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Explore Past Global Leadership Reports

Gallup has been tracking perceptions of world leaders since 2005 and publishing the Rating World Leaders report since 2015. Download previous reports to see what's changed -- and what has stayed the same -- over time.

Rating World Leaders 2020

The U.S. started 2020 in a relatively weak position, with leadership approval ratings in the low 30s.

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Rating World Leaders 2019

In 2019, China overtook the U.S. in leadership approval, while the U.S. and Russia were essentially tied.

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Rating World Leaders 2018

Germany replaced the U.S. as the top-rated global power in the world, while the U.S. hit an all-time low.

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