China's economy may be on the rise, but the United States is still viewed more positively around the world.
That's according to a Pew Research survey released Thursday. After polling people in 39 countries around the world, spanning the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, Pew reported that 63 percent have a favorable view of the U.S., compared with 50 percent who have a favorable view of China.
Africa, where the Chinese have invested heavily in recent years, gives China a large boost in popularity numbers.
Thirty percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of the U.S., while 36 percent have a negative impression of China.
Additionally, more people in the world view the U.S. as a partner (59 perecent) than view China that way (39 percent).
The United States is also seen as respecting individual rights more than China, by 70 percent to 36 percent. However, more people think both the U.S. and China are looking after their own interests than think the two superpowers are supporting the interests of people around the world.
Overall, Pew notes that America's popularity has increased since President Obama took office. He is still widely viewed positively around the world, in some cases recording higher approval numbers than he gets in the U.S. In the 39 countries surveyed, a majority or more of people in 28 countries have a positive view of Obama. His numbers have been on the decline since he took office, though, which Pew credits to the U.S. drone program and other policies.