Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently accepted an award for being world statesman of the year and it seems the planet thinks he might have deserved it.

A new poll from Ipsos Global conducted for the Halifax International Security Forum has found the world believes Canada will have the most positive impact on global affairs in the coming decade of any of the major nations and organizations included in the survey.

Citizens of countries on every inhabited continent were surveyed about whether certain nations and organizations would have a positive or negative effect in the coming years. Fully 82 per cent of respondents thought Canada would have a strongly positive or somewhat positive impact, up 3 per cent since the last time the survey was conducted.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay opened the security summit for which the poll was commissioned in Halifax on Friday. Government, military, business and academic leaders from more than 50 counties are meeting to discuss global affairs.

They will undoubtedly be discussing the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, which in the past week has seen rocket attacks on Israeli cities answered with airstrikes on Gaza.

Israel did not fare so well in the poll. See how it stacked up in the slideshow below.

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  • 12. Iran - 25 Per Cent

    All <a href="http://ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5898">data from Ipsos Global for the Halifax International Security Forum</a>. In this Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 photo, released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to a large group of Basij militia, not shown, during a tour of northeastern Iran.

  • 11. Israel - 33 Per Cent

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) waves as he arrives to deliver a speech on November 1, 2012 at the Ozar Hatorah jewish school during a ceremony dedicated to the three children and a rabbi killed by an Islamist gunman in Toulouse, southwestern France.

  • 10. Russia - 50 Per Cent

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks after a signing ceremony during a Russian-German business forum in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

  • 9. India - 57 Per Cent

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan SIngh brings his hands to toether as he arrives to greet King Juan Carlos I of Spain during his ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Presidential Palace on October 26, 2012 in New Delhi, India.

  • 9. China - 57 Per Cent

    In this Nov. 15, 2012 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Hu Jintao, right, shakes hands with Xi Jinping as they meet with delegates, special delegates and observers to the recently concluded 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in Beijing, China. Xi succeeded Hu as China's leader Thursday, assuming the top posts in the Communist Party and the powerful military in a once-a-decade political transition unbowed by scandals, a slower economy and public demands for reforms.

  • 7. World Bank/IMF - 62 Per Cent

    The World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim gestures during a press conference following a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on October 30, 2012.

  • 6. The United States - 63 Per Cent

    In a Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the election night party at McCormick Place, in Chicago.

  • 5. France - 70 Per Cent

    French president Francois Hollande leaves after his speech during an economic forum, on November 16, 2012 in Warsaw.

  • 4. Great Britain - 73 Per Cent

    British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Guildhall to attend The Lord Mayor's Banquet on November 12, 2012 in London, England.

  • 3. United Nations- 75 Per Cent

    UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon is seen on October 9, 2012 during a visit at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

  • 2. Germany - 78 Per Cent

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference with the French Prime Minister at the chancellery in Berlin on November 15, 2012.

  • 1. Canada - 82 Per Cent

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper boards his plane at the airport in Ottawa, Thursday Sept. 6, 2012.