So, in summation- the DM should pick the campaign setting that the DM wants to run.
...I've seen one comment that stuck with me- it was the idea of a DM polling the players to determine what setting to run their campaign in. And I thought to myself, "That is precisely the opposite of what I would do. In fact, if a DM polled my table to determine the campaign setting I would run away faster than if the DM said, 'Hey guys, how would you feel about an all-Bard campaign with the goal of helping the elves take over the world?'"
That said, for my personal preference, give me a DM with a point of view any day of the week.
Yeah, me too. I find it much easier to build on, complicate, and get excited about an idea supplied by others than to go from zero to 60 entirely on my own.It seems to me that you're assuming that polling the players means the GM will not have a point of view, or be invested, or know the setting. If so, that's a huge mistake.
I don't know about others, but I don't find I have any difficulty in building a thing I am invested in around what the players want. Indeed, I find that my investment and effort is wasted otherwise.