US drops to 8th on 'best countries' list
© Greg Nash

The U.S. has dropped to eighth place in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Countries” ranking.

This is the second straight year that the U.S. has dropped in the rankings. In 2017, the U.S. came in 7th place. Switzerland came in at the top spot for the second year in a row.

U.S. News said the drop can be attributed to Trump's unpopularity, with other countries viewing the U.S. as less trustworthy and more politically unstable since he took office.


A Gallup poll recently found that global approval of U.S. leadership sank to its lowest point in nearly two decades during President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE’s first year in office. 

The U.S. has also dropped significantly in the U.S. News rankings of trustworthiness and political stability. The greatest U.S. decline was in rankings of countries having open travel policies, likely related to Trump’s attempts to block visitors to the U.S. via the travel ban.

The publication says the list is based on a survey of more than 21,000 "global citizens" who rank 80 countries in 24 categories, including "cultural influence," "heritage," "adventure" and "quality of life."