As Umberto Ecco wrote a few years ago:
G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: “When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” Whoever said it – he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.
Update: Steven Den Beste emails:
I’m not sure that poll really indicates what you’re reading it to indicate.
Nominally it says “A quarter of Brits thinkg Churchill is a myth.”
To me it says “A lot of Brits think that this kind of poll is idiotic, and a quarter of them gave idiotic answers as a form of protest.”
Something pollsters know but don’t like to admit is that an increasing percentage of people these days deliberately lie to pollsters.
Which could really play havoc with predicting 2008. And maybe already has.