I have always had manual...... (:
I've had both over the years and while an automatic is nice and smooth, I prefer a manual transmission. Also, they're easier to repair when there's a problem.
It depends on what I'm driving. My car and my truck have auto. Any sports cars that I've owned were manual and I preferred it that way.
Well to me something like a sports car needs a manual but it all depends on the person, if you just drive to get from point a to point b an automatic in better, if you just like cruising and enjoying the scenery also an automatic but if you want speed and control a manual is right, only a manual can give you the 100% driving experience.
I like Automatic