I still don't understand why they never set up an official forum poll that would show a true outcome.
Because they didn't want to see a true outcome. It would have been much harder to spin this cost cutting measure as a positive one for the players if they had a cut and dry preference from APAC players. The fact that this is the only solution they mentioned specifically shows that it was by far the most popular.
Is it a coincidence that the solution they eventually decided on was the one that saved them the most money NO.