12 countries with the most positive influence on global affairs

This week, Canada appeared at the top of the list of countries with the best civil servants. Now it’s topped the list of places with the most positive effect on the world stage.

An Ipsos MORI survey polled 18,000 people in 25 nations to see which countries they perceived as positive influences. While Canada’s score has remained the same since 2016, all other countries and organizations experienced a decline. The biggest drop was the United States, followed by France and then Russia.

You know who’s on top. Now see who else is up there.

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 12: Iran
21 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Iran had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 11: Israel
32 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Israel had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 10: Russia
35 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Russia had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 9: United States
40 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought the U.S. had a positive influence on world affairs. This is down 24 percentage points from 2016’s survey. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 8: China
49 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought China had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 7: India
53 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought India had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 6: European Union
57 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought the EU had a positive influence on world affairs — a tie with the United Kingdom on this list. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 5: United Kingdom
57 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought the U.K. had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 4: France
59 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought France had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 3: Germany
67 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Germany had a positive influence on world affairs. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 2: Australia
79 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Australia had a positive influence on the world stage. (Canadian Press)

These countries have the most positive influence on global affairs

No. 1: Canada
81 per cent of 18,000 respondents thought Canada had a positive influence on the world stage, giving it top spot on this list. (Canadian Press)

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