At the Capitol, Schwarzenegger said the poll numbers have a message for both him and the legislature. "What the people are basically saying to us is work together, do what you did so well last year. Work together and solve the problems together. And this is exactly what we’re trying to do. "
According to the poll, a majority of Californians do not approve of either Schwarzenegger’s or the legislature’s job performance. The Senate’s top Democrat, Don Perata, says Schwarzenegger needs to get back to basics. "His strength when he ran was 'I’m gonna reform California by working together and making Sacramento work.' I bring him back to that and I hope that’s where we go." Perata says a budget deal with the governor and Republican leaders could be worked out in two hours if both sides were willing. He says Senate Democrats are about to unveil their own plan for redistricting as an alternative to the initiative backed by the governor.