That viral clip from "The Newsroom" about America's greatness (or lack thereof) might have some truth to it.
In U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of the best countries in the world, the U.S. slipped from fourth to seventh.
Switzerland took the top spot this year. In 2016, Germany won top honors.
The survey used 65 attributes grouped into nine categories: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business and Quality of Life.
How the U.S. scored
The U.S. earned the top spot in the "Power" rankings, referring to military and political clout. It also took third place in the "Cultural Influence" and "Entrepreneurship" lists.
But it was sunk by domestic issues like racial tensions, income inequality, political polarization and gun deaths. The U.S. ranked 35th on the "Adventure" and "Open for Business" scales. The latter was sunk by perceived bureaucracy, lack of transparency in government. The former was hurt by a low "sexy" score.
Europeans look at Trump and see Berlusconi. South AMericans look at Trump and see Hugo Chavez.
The election of President Trump hurt U.S. perceptions in the survey. 60 percent of respondents worldwide said they would have voted for Hillary Clinton. More than 70 percent of respondents said they lost respect for U.S. leadership after the election.
Switzerland took the top spot despite not winning any subcategory. Its progressive policies and economic clout, largely thanks to its banking industries, got it the bronze medal in the "Citizenship" and "Open for Business" lists.
Here's the full top 10. Europe dominated the list, with six nations making the cut.
Other highlights from the report:
- Best Country for Education: Canada (U.S. ranked 7th)
- Best Country for Green Living: Sweden (U.S. ranked 14th)
- Best Country to Start a Business: Thailand (U.S. ranked 7th)
- Most Cultural Influence: Italy (U.S. ranked 3rd)
- Best Global Citizens: Norway (U.S. ranked 16th)
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