The software version is exactly the same other than https: as much as I like the latest shiny, it was sensibly decided to take a more cautious approach! It does however include functionality for creating polls; I've never used it myself so I can't comment. I'm not sure what was the rationale behind not enabling it so I'll see what I can find out.
I'm sorry, any news on the polls? How do I start a one, here, openly, for Larian to see and gather the statistics not only from the game, but on forum as well?
The reason: players can see what other people have voted and know the numbers and opinions too; if you write in-game feedback only, you'll never know what the people around you think on the same matters. It is good both for social interaction, and getting a realistic picture.
Yes, you will get vocal people who hasn't played the game, but still have an opinion. That can be taken as a factor, in a poll.