Latinos disapprove by a 2-to-1 ratio of how the Obama administration is handling record numbers of deportations, but that doesn’t appear to be damaging the president’s chances at capturing their votes in the 2012 election.

A Pew Hispanic Center study, released Wednesday, showed President Barack Obama leading potential GOP challenger Mitt Romney 68 percent to 23 percent among Latino voters.

The survey provides nuggets for both political parties as the election heads into full swing with the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.

Michael Clara, chairman of the Utah Republican Hispanic Assembly, said Wednesday the party needs to do better getting its message across that the GOP isn’t hostile to Latinos — more so on a national level than on a state level.

Clara noted that Democrats failed to pass the DREAM Act when they had control of both the House and Senate during the first two years of Obama’s term and that Republicans have a long record of helping Latinos both nationally and within Utah.

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