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    Majority of Americans Say China Now Economically More Powerful Than US

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    A majority of Americans believe China is leading the global economy ahead of the United States despite the current economic slowdown, a Gallup poll revealed on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Half of the respondents said they see China as the "world’s leading economic power today," while 37 percent disagreed, saying the leading global economic power was the United States.

    Five percent of the respondents say they consider Japan to be the world’s leading economy.

    "Despite the slowdown in China's economy that is creating global economic turmoil, more Americans continue to believe China is the world's leading economic power rather than the United States," Gallup stated. "[M]ore Americans [are] predicting that the US rather than China will be the world's leading economic power in 20 years."

    Asked who they predicted would be the "world’s leading economic power in 20 years," 44 percent of the respondents answered the United States, 34 percent said China and 7 percent said Japan.

    The results of the Gallup poll come as China’s decelerating growth rates have plagued its economy along with turbulent stock markets and a falling currency. China's economy grew nearly 7 percent in 2015, down from 7.3 percent in 2014, resulting in the lowest annual GDP increase in 25 years.

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