Pick 100 random (really random) programmers and I'm betting a lot more of them will feel more comfortable with the imperative version over all the others.
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. (Mark Twain, ~150 years ago)"
That seems to be exactly what hota_mazi is saying.
Mark Twain's quote is also often misunderstood. It doesn't mean you should never be in the majority, it's about always questioning your choices.
Personally, I go one step further and I always pause and reflect, whether I'm in the majority or not.
2. This goes far above and beyond what most other language designers do, which seems to be "write the kind of language I want to use." Nothing wrong with that, either, but no sense in criticizing the language designers doing more research than most for not doing enough research.