Californians love Arnold - at least the majority of those who get off their butts and vote. This is probably it for him (can he even run again?). I believe he is hoping for a presidential run in the future. He has learned a lot in office however. At first, he was hell bent on attacking state workers (be careful, I am a state worker!). Our contracts were getting ready to expire and he decided to try and take a lot away from us, never mind giving anything (including a COLA which we hadn't had in years). In the end, state employees actions, our union (not the best but effective this time around) and many legislators 'changed' his mind about that. We got a decent contract, although our health care costs went up a bit. We at least got some COLAs.
I do not believe he personally has anything against gay marriage. He has indicated that isn't a problem for him opinion-wise. He is just not going to stand up against those who would be possible supporters for a run for the White House. He's got to leave. If Angelides had been voted in, this marriage bill definitely would have passed. He promised it to us. Unfortunately, he didn't get enough votes. The only city he won I think was LA.
God only knows who wll be running next time (and it's a long time before next time).