Each year, the research team conducts a short survey of industry opinions relating to IDNs. Surveys are sent out early in the calendar years, measuring opinions and other metrics (such as registration data) for the December in the previous year.
In all, the results for the 2016 industry opinions survey (measuring opinions in December 2015) are broadly consistent with recent years (2014 and 2013). Industry confidence reached a high point in 2011. Since then, confidence seems to have levelled off after several years of decline.
Our 2016 registry survey response rate was 46 registries, compared with 56 in 2013 and 2014. Despite the drop in response rate, the survey continues to represent a geographical balance of experts in ccTLD domain name management, thanks to the cooperation of regional ccTLD organisations,