And don't assume that you know what point everyone happened to start watching the anime. I started watching from the original and I like Dawn far more than I ever like Misty
If like Dawn over Misty then its just your opinion. It doesn't mean that everyone else will like Dawn over Misty.
When we say popular we mean overall popular not AG popular or DP popular. Thats why Brock's fanbase in bugger than May and Dawn.And then there's Brock, who you would be kidding yourself if you think he's anywhere near as popular as he used to be. I honestly don't think Brock has been that popular since Johto or lastly Hoenn era.