WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Russia in 2014 earned the lowest approval ratings globally for the eighth consecutive year and posted the highest disapproval ratings it has received to date.
U.S. leadership received the highest approval rating in the world, with the median 45% approval topping ratings of the leadership of the European Union, Germany, Russia and China -- as it has most years since 2009.
Russians gave the U.S. and the EU the lowest approval ratings in the world and the highest disapproval ratings. Russians' disapproval of the U.S. nearly doubled from 42% in 2013 to 82% in 2014 and their disapproval of the EU's leadership more than doubled from 26% to 70% in that same period.
Germany's highest disapproval ratings are a statistical tie between the Palestinian Territories (67%) and Russia (66%).