ConsenSys has published the results of a survey concerning Ethereum 2.0.
The survey was conducted on a limited sample of 287 ETH holders and aimed to determine ETH holders’ motivation and concerns about staking.
In fact, Proof of Stake will be introduced with Ethereum 2.0, which will allow ETH holders to earn money by staking them.
More than 65% of respondents said that they already plan to stake their ETH when possible.
In addition, just under half of them said they would like to do so by running their own validator. This particularly high figure suggests that the sample on which the survey was carried out may be a bit unbalanced due to a relatively high percentage of advanced users.
The percentage of respondents who, on the other hand, plan to entrust the staking to a third party, is more or less the same, and this balance suggests that the sample size of 287 people was underrepresented by entry-level users.
14.6% said they are still undecided, while only 2.8% do not plan to participate in the staking. 16.7% gave only a partial answer to this question and therefore not conclusive.
On average, those who plan to stake ETH say they are ready to do so with about 50% of their funds.
The Ethereum 2.0 staking survey
An interesting aspect is the expected percentage of earnings.
Those who plan to stake with their own validator can expect an average annual earnings percentage of 5.8%, which is not particularly high, but not particularly low either. In other words, these seem to be the most rational and realistic among those interviewed in this survey.
On the other hand, those who plan to entrust staking to third parties can expect to earn an average of 7.6%, which is a much higher percentage. Considering that they will have to share the earnings with the validator they will entrust the staking to, it’s strange that they can expect to earn more than the validators themselves.
Moreover, among those who do not plan to perform staking, the average percentage of annual earnings that could convince them to change their mind is 9.4%, which is much higher than the previous two.
The picture is therefore quite fractured, with very different expectations depending on the type of ETH holders.
In theory, Ethereum 2.0 should be launched by the end of the year and from then ETH holders will be able to choose whether to lock their tokens by staking them or continue to use them as they do now.