The latest polling from the Nation Brand Index, which measures the global image of 50 countries every year, finds that the United States has shot into the No. 1 spot from being in seventh place last year.
The leap in popularity is largely because of President Obama's star power, the poll revealed. "In all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing," said NBI's founder.
The biggest drop on the index was suffered by Canada, which fell from fourth place to seventh place, while China was able to climb to 22nd place largely because of the Olympics. In 50th place was Iran.