The BBC World Service has released the 2013 edition of its annual Country Ratings Poll, which surveyed over 26,000 people in 25 different countries.
Respondents were asked to rate 16 countries and the European Union on whether their influence in the world is “mainly positive” or “mainly negative”.
With an increase of 3 percent from 2012, Germany topped the poll with 59 percent of respondents rating the country’s global influence as “mainly positive”. Iran retained its position as least popular country.
In Asia, all three major powers saw drops in popularity. China’s “positive” rating fell 8 percentage points compared to 2012, with Japan and India seeing drops of 7 and 6 percentage points respectively.
Amazingly, 19 percent of respondents thought that North Korea’s influence in the world is “mainly positive”, the same rate as in 2012.
Read more analysis of the results from the BBC.
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