President Obama holds a narrow lead in three important swing states, according to new polling from NBC News and Marist College. But the polls also indicate Mitt Romney is well within striking distance in each state.
Obama has a significant edge when it comes to favorability. The measure, which is more based on personal attributes than job performance, shows at least half of voters in each state rate the president favorably.
Romney, meanwhile, is in negative territory in Ohio and Virginia, suggesting he has some ground to make up when it comes to his personal brand.