I am working with a fairly large dataset and am trying to identify the points with a specific attribute (letter and number combination) that matches a polygon with the same attribute, but only when the point is spatially located within the matching polygon.

This may take more than one step and I have not been successful in search for the right steps.

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This Script will give list of all the eligible Points that have same attribute as spatially intesected Polygons. Further, you can pass this into definition query/select by attribute in point fc.

import arcpy

#Specify Deafult workspace for this script. it helps in - 1)all geoprocessing Output will created in this gdb. 2) you can specfiy fc with double quotes rathar than spcifying full path
arcpy.env.workspace = r"C:\Users\Sanjay\Documents\ArcGIS\SimilarPoints by attribute in polygon\mygdb.gdb"

#Set Output true to replace
arcpy.env.overwriteOutput = True

#best practise say to use makefeaturelayer rathan spcifying fc name.

#Lets do Spatial join get all intersected points with all attributes of pplygon attached

# #best practise say to use makefeaturelayer rathan spcifying fc name.

#where clause to be used where ID from points and poly will match  -ID for Poly fc, ID_Point is Point Fc
sql_exp = """ID_point = ID"""

#Select by Attribute from Spatial joined FC
arcpy.SelectLayerByAttribute_management("SelectedPoints_lyr", "NEW_SELECTION", sql_exp)

#Lets find out what are those points features has same attribute as polgon and falls into polygon
field = 'ID_point' #Specify field to extract list of id
values = [row[0] for row in arcpy.da.SearchCursor("SelectedPoints_lyr", field)]
uniqueValues = set(values)#Set to get Unique id which need
print "this are ids from point fc that has same attr. and spatially located in polygon"
for item in uniqueValues:

    print item

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