A worldwide survey (in 27 different nations) was undertaken by the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll to find out the views on the 16 major nations in the world, including the European Union. 29,000 people were asked to rate how ‘globally influential’ the nations were.
The UK, for the first time ever, has come second in the poll. The country topping the list was Germany. The UK’s positive rating rose 5% from 53% to 58%. (Germany 63%).
The USA, Australia and Canada had the most favourable view of the UK, whereas Pakistan and Mexico had the most negative views towards it.
Naturally these views change year on year and people’s opinions are most probably swayed by political mood, financial times and down to how each country is perceived through their respective media.
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