(AP) -- Fresh surveys of likely voters in three swing states are pointing in Barack Obama's direction.
The Quinnipiac University polls suggest Obama holds leads in Ohio and Pennsylvania. One in Florida also has him up, but the numbers fall within the margin of error.
Respondents in Florida split 47 percent in favor of Obama to 45 percent for McCain. The Democrat is running ahead among those who said they had already cast their ballots. McCain has an edge among white voters and men, while Obama has the advantage with woemen and Jewish voters.
In Ohio, the difference is seven points, with 50 percent backing Obama and 43 backing McCain. Respondents indicate that criticism of McCain as too close to President Bush has proven more damaging than criticism of his running mate, Sarah Palin.
In Pennsylvania, the Qunnipiac poll has Obama up by 10 points, 52-42. Respondents there view Obama as likely to be more effective working with Congress to solve the economic crisis than McCain.