Obama shows swing state strength in two polls

The latest polling snapshots find President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney neck-and-neck nationally, but with the Democratic incumbent in a stronger position in the battleground states likely to decide the election.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll released Tuesday found Obama leading Romney 47 percent to 43 percent nationally in a trial heat, but in a dozen swing states the president has a 50 percent to 42 percent advantage. (Those battlegrounds are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.)

Obama’s strength is a base of support among African Americans, Latinos and young voters, and an edge in personal likeability ratings, the poll finds. His biggest weakness: the economy.

A separate Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday shows Obama leading in three of the battleground states. The president leads by four points in Florida (45 percent to 41 percent), nine points in Ohio (47-38) and six points in Pennsylvania (45-39). In Quinnipiac’s May survey of swing states, Florida and Ohio were too close to call while Obama had an 8 percentage point lead in Pennsylvania.