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United States
40% (53 votes)
None of them. They are more likely to decline.
20% (27 votes)
New Zealand
16% (21 votes)
11% (15 votes)
8% (11 votes)
5% (6 votes)
Total voters: 133

Which country's economy is likely to improve the most in 2015?

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