This is a misleading option:
I personally like the feature as it simplifies access to the menu items.
The “feature” is the ‘always visible’ menu. The previous version also had an ‘always visible’ menu. The difference is the old one offered the choice between menu and no menu. The new one is a choice between menu and less menu. This difference has nothing to do with simplifying access to menu items.
What’s improved in the new menu is the consolidation of developer-related tools. However, that’s not the subject of this survey which is ‘What do you think about the new “always visible” sidebar?’
I realize this is a casual survey but, for future reference, a survey ought to be unbiased. This option: ‘I prefer the old “clean” way of hiding it completely’ suggests bias because it uses the ‘clean’ adjective. It implies the new way is not clean.
I believe there should be an option to permit collapsing the full menu into either an icon-strip (like it does in 0.96) or to hide it (like it was done in previous versions).