Regardless, there have been some utterly stupid design decisions. No one is putting all of the blame on the developers, but there were several actively bad decisions. Not "we didn't have enough time to implement," but "we decided to implement this poorly."
They advertised a casual solo-friendly game, and delivered a grindfest, with solo content that just doesn't really reward you appropriately.
As far as who is in the majority, thats impossible to determine until we actually see some sales figures, cancellation figures, and current subscriber figures (which there is zero chance we'll ever get, so its all speculation). Polls do seem to show that its like 60-40 in favor of still playing, but those numbers don't count the people who uninstalled and never checked forums again. I think those dissatisfied are in the majority, however I think a good number of them are going to stick around until dec.
This is one of the most egregious things to me-- they advertised a casual game with limited grinding, challenging levequest-centric progression, impressive character customization and highly strategic party play. Three of four of those are the main reasons I bought the game, and they delivered none of those things.
Where you're mistaken though is looking at the current polls. The people voting in that poll are the ones still hanging around the FFXIV forum. Tons of people quit in the first month and they won't be back, not to vote, nor to play. If they're going to lose a further 40% of subscriptions after the free trial is up, this game will likely go on life support.
Personally I hope they're able to keep their promises and players give them another chance (and they continue to earn it), I'm just not optimistic.
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.