I do a lot of pro video and definitely want autofocus. Why would you not want it, the technology is there, and depending on what you are shooting - and how - it can make things a lot easier.
If you want to stick with manual, you can but at least give both options.
People don't want it because it makes them seem old-school with lots of street cred. Friggen luddites.
I have 20/15 vision and have trouble finding exact focus with the LCD on a T3i. Autofocus SHOULD be there. If only because $500 Nikons already have it.