China leads the world in optimism

Most people around the world — at least in 26 countries surveyed by Ipsos — feel that their country is heading in the wrong direction. That's not the case in China, where 87% feel the country is on the rise.

Data: Ipsos World Affairs, July 2017 report; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: The U.S. and China are the world's economic giants and, increasingly, rivals for geopolitical power. But while most Americans fear their country has slipped into decline, China is brimming with confidence.