As for new DSLR buyers, I'm not sure that an entry level FF body would be a common choice.
i may have a different surrounding.
where i live most fathers or mothers would not buy a rebel camera.
as they would not buy anything below a middle class car, not even for their 18 year old sons and daughters.
it would look bad... especially in hard economic times.
i know it´s strange but that´s how it is.
but you are right that´s not the norm.