I've just been to a fascinating breakfast seminar put on by the BBC on what the result of the American election means. The speakers included Jeremy Vine, Nick Robinson and Andrew Cooper from Populus. Of course we are all looking for the lessons British politicians can draw from what happened on Tuesday. The one thing which struck me from Cooper's presentation was the answer given to this question in exit polls:
Do you think the country is heading in the right direction?
15 % said yes and 85% said no. When you ask the same question in this country the result is almost identical. 17% say yes and 83% no.
If I were David Cameron I would take great comfort from that.