From Reuters via the Washington Post:
The United States will lose its position as the world’s undisputed leading power over the next decade and a half, with China emerging as a formidable rival, according to a new survey from Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation.
In the survey, based on interviews of 10,250 people worldwide, 57 percent of respondents said they believed the United States would be a world power in the year 2020 compared to 55 percent who saw China in that role.
That compared to 81 percent who currently see the United States as a world power and 45 percent who believe China has already attained that status.[Full Text]