The race between state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and challenger Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is tight, according to a Siena Research poll released Monday, with Addabbo holding a slight lead within the margin of error.
According to the poll, Addabbo leads Ulrich 45 percent to 43 percent, with 17 percent still undecided four weeks before voters go to the polls. Addabbo leads by 5 points in the section of the 15th State Senate District he has represented since 2007, which includes Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth. Ulrich leads in parts of the district added in redistricting earlier this year, including the Rockaways and Kew Gardens Hills.
Divided by region, Ulrich holds a six-point lead in the southern portion of the district, including the Rockaways and Howard Beach, but trails in the northern portion by seven points. Both candidates reside in Ozone Park.
The two candidates are split on most issues including property taxes, the budget and ethics reform, with Ulrich holding a very small edge on the first two issues. Addabbo holds a small lead among those concerned about healthcare and job creation, the latter being the No. 1 issue according to voters.
The poll shows the presidential race close in the district too, with President Obama holding a 3-point lead on GOP challenger Mitt Romney — 48 percent to 45 percent. Obama narrowly won the area comprising the new 15th District in 2008.
Ulrich takes just over a quarter of Democrats, but there is little crossover from the Presidential race. Eighty-one percent of Obama voters are backing Addabbo while 80 percent of Romney voters are also casting their ballots for Ulrich.
Addabbo received the endorsement of Gov. Cuomo, the most popular politician polled in the district, on Monday. Cuomo’s approval rating in the district according to the Siena poll is a sky high 73 percent.