) -- While China surpassed Japan in 2010 to attain the status of the world's second largest economy, Americans don't expect the country to overtake the United States as the dominant economic power in the near future.

About 43% of respondents said the United States five to seven years from now will retain its position as the strongest economy, while 36% said China would claim the position, according to a survey of Americans by


conducted by

GfK North America

. Respondents noted other entities that could become the biggest economic power, including India (3.4%), Russia (2.2%), the eurozone (1.9%) and South America (1.6%).

In addition to forecasting future economic developments, a majority of respondents, some 59%, said they believe the United States remains the world's dominant economic player. Just 28% said China currently holds that title.

The survey comes as the United States in September remembered the five-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and subsequent financial crisis, which triggered the country's deepest economic depression since the Great Depression. Further, the poll surfaces as China's economy grew by 7.8% in the most recent quarter -- stronger than economists had predicted -- which contrasts the continued sluggish growth of the U.S. economy.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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