Well I agree the feature portioin is probably more accurate, however, I would disagree with you on a couple of points regarding the camps.
1. When people read the Dev journals, they tend to read what the Dev's wrote, maybe scan thru the body for interesting tidbits and then post their thoughts. So I think you scoffing at the camps data completely is probably not correct.
2. I agree that it is right to be jaded about statistics, mostly because most surveys are worded in a way to influence the result, among other things. I felt like I suppressed my biases pretty well, and put the wording in as it was cut and pasted from the original thread (sometimes I had to condense due to space limitations on surveymonkey) That being said, I think this is a pretty valid poll, but with the following weaknesses. Sample size was very small with still less than 40 respondents, Respondents were self selected from what could only be referred to as the hardcore/fanboy base (who else hangs out on these forums this early in development AND cares enough about it to fill out a survey) and finally, in a few cases I did feel that I did not word the questions well - not in an influence the outcome way but in a clarity way - There were a couple of questions that when reading them afterwards I had to admit were not very clear.
It is a pity that the "wag the dog" political surveys have made people, especially those who understand the inner workings of how surveys are done very skeptical of survey results. I think if done properly (and I at least tried) that surveys CAN be worthwhile and provide useful information. I honestly think mine does, I know if I was StarDock, I would want that information WHETHER I acted on it or not. I think that the success or failure of EWOM is going to be on implementation, not really which camp they go with or whatever. I honestly believe they could implement features that I put that I hated or disliked and I could be pleasantly surprised by how it all fits together. That is really what is going to make or break it, I think, is how well they integrate all the various pieces.
If there is a weakness in the survey, it is that we don't know much about a lot of those other pieces. We know that, and SD knows that. So they can look at the data and say "Well, x is popular, but that is only because they don't know about y yet." OR they can say "x is popular, but it is only because these guys are hardcore, and we need to go with y to attract a wider audience". Or they may say "Wow, I would have expected more people to go with Y, but they reallys eem to want X. Okay, let's go with X."
Having more information (from a dev standpoint) is allways a good thing, imo.