You can view the ‘popularity’ (by number of posts on subject) of the new characters in SSF4 in following graph:
Or in data:
Makoto is clear winner at SRK, perhaps to no surprise as SRK likes SF3. Also explains dudley, polus the fact that he is considered high-tier by most already.
Then Cody, which I agree might be the most usable SF Alpha char followed by Juri which makes her design quite a winner. Deejay must have some fans from STHD.
Ibuki doesn’t score quite as well as expected as her moveset does allow for long discussions, Hakan might still have to build some reputation and guy underperforms. perhaps considered to be too low tier? Same problem with Adon, but neither tier-wise not design-wise has anything going fr him at the time.
Hawk is at a complete loss; but Justin’s vid this week might change that a bit.
I wonder if this is how Capcom planned it would be, and if this trend is universal in the community, or more SRK-oriented.