As I begin to sharpen my pencils regarding a new-to-me IBM VS/COBOL project ... first initiated over thirty years ago and still very much in-service today ... I feel absolutely certain in saying that “programming-language popularity contests” simply do not matter. Do not bother with them.
I added several additional paragraphs to this comment, but have since deleted them. All of us make our living every day using a variety of industrial strength software tools, some old, some new. It need not be said that (Perl | insert-tool-name) here is one of them and always will be. Using these battle-tested tools ... always, a variety of them ... we move the freight for our clients and employers.
As you enjoy your heady-moment-of-decision in the beginnings of your brand-new-project ... as all of your predecessors over time have done ... “guess what!!” But please, don’t feel too bad about it: you took the technology that was available to you at the time, and you architected the best and most future-proof solution that you could. So
did do we. Welcome to the business. As technology and possibilities still(!) create an ever-shifting platform beneath our feet, somehow, we deliver.