6. The U.S., Russia, China, the U.K. and Germany take the top five spots in Power for the second year in a row, leading all other countries by nearly 20 points on a 100-point scale. No. 2 Russia gained about five points on the U.S.'s lead compared to last year, and there is now less than a tenth of a point separating the two superpowers. Russia also rose four spots since last year to No. 2 in the Most Influential Countries.
7. Lower performing countries often have their strongest performance in the Power subranking. Iran, ranked No. 79 overall, is No. 14 in Power, and Ukraine, ranked No. 73 overall, is No. 26 in Power.
8. Nearly 90 percent of global survey respondents outside of the U.S. said that they paid attention to the 2016 U.S. election. Hillary Clinton would have won the global election, with nearly 60 percent of the global vote. Support for Donald Trump was highest in Russia (83 percent) and in China (54 percent). The U.S. dropped three spots overall compared to last year's ranking.
9. There is a strong connection between transparency and stability around the world. Government and business transparency are more than 90 percent correlated to economic and political stability on average.
10. There are regional differences in what makes a country "best." Survey respondents in Europe and the Americas consider Switzerland the Best Country, in line with the overall global results. But those in the Middle East and Africa would give the top spot to Japan, and those in Asia rank Germany No. 1 overall. Asia also heavily favors the U.S., ranking it No. 2 overall, five places better than its global ranking.