UK Second Most Popular Country

March 07, 2011

Positive views of the United Kingdom have risen, making it the second most popular country in the world.

The BBC World Service Country Rating Poll asked nearly 29,000 people to rate the global influence of 16 major nations and the European Union.

The UK's positive rating rose from 53% in 2010 to 58% this year. It is the first time it has been the runner-up in the annual poll.

Negative views of the UK decreased by 2%, now standing at 17%. Of the 27 countries polled, 24 lean positive towards the UK while two, Pakistan and Mexico, have overall negative views of the UK. One country, Turkey, remains divided.

Those with the most positive views of the UK were the US, at 80%, followed by Australia at 79% and Canada at 69%.

Germany was the most positively viewed nation overall, with 63% of those surveyed rating its influence as positive.

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