03/28/2012 09:46 am ET Updated Mar 28, 2012

Obama Enjoys Leads Over Romney In Three Critical Swing States

Quinnipiac University is out with a series of new swing state polls on Wednesday morning showing generally good news for President Obama.

In Florida, Obama tops Mitt Romney 49 percent to 42 percent; while beating Rick Santorum 50 percent to 37 percent.

In Ohio, Obama beats Romney 47 to 41 percent and Santorum 47 to 40 percent.

In Pennsylvania, Obama edges Romney 45 to 42 percent, while topping Santorum 48 to 41 percent.

Coming so far out from the general election, polls like this are largely meaningless, save providing a small indicator of what kind of map Romney faces heading into the general election. The more telling numbers may come from the Washington Post/ABC poll also released on Wednesday morning, which found that the former Massachusetts governor just, plainly, isn't all that liked.

In the new poll, 50 percent of all adults and 52 percent of registered voters express unfavorable opinions of Romney, both higher -- although marginally -- than Obama has received in Post-ABC polling as far back as late 2006.

However, the biggest difference between Romney and Obama is on the other side of the ledger: 53 percent of Americans hold favorable views of the president; for Romney, that number slides to 34 percent.