I don't think we will get (or need) a poll
I don't think we will get a poll although I bet an ad-hoc one has been made internally from all the reasoned and well balanced posts on these high traffic pages.
A poll would make you look weak and tacitly acknowledge that the new changes were not fully considered.
I fully understand the need to update 6 year old design html (although I suspect it got incremental tweaks over this time) and also to move towards a better basis for a full review / redesign.
I do think you missed a trick by not going "Responsive" with this new design.
The new page code looks rather good but I think many of us would have reacted less stridently to a responsive design, which itself imposes a rather strict set of design limitations so, could take lots of the blame.
One poster said he could do responsive in 5 minutes but seriously, it would not be more than a weeks work (from someone who has done quite few "upgrades to responsive" on sites way more complex than this one).
Back in the day . . I was a freelance recording engineer and worked to a mantra of "Give It What It Needs" and have carried this over into my new life as a webdev where it is also usefully valid.
IMO: The new site does things the designers knew how to do and knew would look "modern & open". It does not really suit the needs of the often excellent articles we all come here for. Like a badly mixed single it works but is is not "right".
Perhaps there is an element of "Biting The Hand That Feeds You" - your collective nature makes you do it?
!important; There have been some very valid use cases presented around sight impairment and also the Disability and Discrimination act which I hope you will act on responsibly. So few sites make any effort.
Those poor designers? I was thinking of how I would feel if a site of mine got this sort of response and my name was linked. Personally I would be horrified but maybe in bong terms these designers have successfully engaged with their end users and elicited strong opinions (traffic) so its a win?
In our office sweepstake I have 16 as the number of pages that this thread will run to and 190 up-votes for the estimable and erudite J R Hartly - keep these comments coming.