A new ranking of the world’s “best countries” is out – and the results don’t look good for America.
Switzerland takes top nation honors, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and global brand consultants BAV Consulting. Just behind the Swiss are Canada and Britain, second and third, respectively.
The United States ends up in the seventh spot, just edging out Australia but also lagging Germany, Japan and Sweden.
The 2017 Best Countries rankings are based on a survey, conducted after the U.S. presidential election, that asks 21,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens what their views are of certain aspects of different countries. “We wanted to capture how tumultuous political change can affect a country’s perceived standing in the world,” Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer, said in a statement.
Perhaps more worryingly for Americans, global perceptions of their country seem to have turned more negative over the past year, the study found, resulting in a drop from fourth place in the 2016 rankings.
According to the rankings, perceptions of the United States in a number of areas have dropped over the past year. The United States dropped in rankings for business, citizenship, adventure tourism, education, transparency and headquartering a corporation. Nearly 75 percent of survey respondents said they had lost some respect for U.S. leadership after the 2016 presidential election – echoing a global pessimism that found 50 percent of survey respondents saying that the world had gotten worse in the past year.