I believe that people don't like Cassie for two reasons.
1. NF is a newcomer and you want her to look or act like the old Cassie.
2. You don't like the Storyline especially concerning the characters Josh/Reva.
Nicole Forester isn't responsible for either of those offences against you. So when you write unflattering remarks, I have to respectively disagree. I consider NF one of the better actors on the show, especially lately.
I have been watching for approximately 6 months and have really enjoyed NF portrayal of Cassie. I don't have any of the old baggage of knowing the old Cassie or a long allegiance to the Josh/Reva relationship. What I do know is that GL viewer ship is down, not from people who have watched this soap for a long time, but from being unable to recruit allot of new viewers. I almost stopped watching after Tammy/Jon left, but I hung in there to watch what would happen with the Lizzie and Cassie characters (I like both of them). The reason I liked these characters is because I could relate with them better than the older characters like Billy, Alan, Gus and Reva (All which are good actors.
I only watch this one soap; In general I think soaps are a waste of time. But I'm still watching to see what my favorite characters are doing each day. I don’t tell my friends of this activity for they would have me committed. But if I could suggest, if you don't want GL to follow Passions (from what I have read), you may need some flexibility in accepting new characters and SL’s which new viewers may enjoy. I know I try to do this, even with the older characters. It wouldn’t be the first time that a few people with a poison pen, kill a show or character which many liked. (This is just my opinion and does not reflect the views of many or even any of the postings on this thread)