Country We View Most Positively Is...
...Germany, according to a BBC poll
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
Germany was ranked "mainly positive" by 59% of respondents in the BBC's Country Ratings Poll.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When it comes to the country we view most positively, Germany gets the most thumbs up, at least according to the BBC's annual Country Ratings Poll. Some 26,000 people were asked whether they view a country's world influence as "mainly positive" or mainly negative" (they were asked about the EU and 16 individual nations, and their rating of their own country wasn't factored in). The BBC used a slightly involved method to come up with its averages, but the bottom line is that Germany is on top, with a 59% "mainly positive" rating; it bumped Japan from the top spot down to fourth, at 51%.

Also in the Top 3: Canada and the UK, at 55%; the BBC speculates that the latter got a boost thanks to the 2012 Olympics. Iran was viewed most negatively, with only 15% of those surveyed having a mainly positive view. Where does the US sit? At No. 8, with 45%. For the full list, click here.

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May 25, 2013 2:14 PM CDT
Why are Germany and France and the United Kingdom on the list... and then also "EU" (representing the European Union, which includes Germany and France and the United Kingdom)? i agree with the rankings, but that's redundant...
May 25, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
OKAY... let's end all this CRAP about how great our USA is. Thanks to Ronald Ray-gunz and George H.W. Bush and Goering Warcrimes Bush (a.k.a. King George II) here is what has happened to our USA since 1980 when the Repugnant Partizan overthrow of our country attacked liberalism -- our country is now : Nr. 1 in incarcerations per-capita world-wide Nr. 1 of people in the world who believe angels are real Nr. 1 in "defense" spending which is more than the next 26 countries combined Nr. 3 in median household income Nr. 4 in labor force Nr. 4 in exports Nr. 7 in literacy Nr. 22 in science Nr. 27 in mathematics Nr. 49 in life expectancy Nr. 178 in infant survivability after birth
May 24, 2013 11:54 PM CDT
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, über alles in der Welt! - Joseph Haydn, German National Anthem