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Americans Say China Now World’s Top Economic Power, Poll Finds

Americans say China, not the U.S., is the world’s top economic power, reflecting a shift in attitudes after the global financial crisis, a poll found.

Some 47 percent of Americans surveyed from Jan. 5-9 by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said China is the leading economic power, while 31 percent named the U.S. A February 2008 Pew poll, taken before the collapses of Bear Stearns Cos. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., found 41 percent of Americans considered the U.S. the top economic power, with 30 percent naming China.