Republicans Beat Dems on News Quiz GOP averaged 6 of 12 questions right, Democrats 5 By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff Posted Jan 29, 2010 12:27 PM CST 53 comments Comments Michael Steele, chairman of the National Republican Committee. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Republicans are a bit more up on current events than Democrats, says a new Pew survey. Americans overall scored 5 out of 12 on the questionnaire; on average, Republicans had a score of 6, ahead of Democrats' 5. A measly 2% of respondents got all 12 questions right; 6% got them all wrong. See the questions here. Republicans excelled—relatively speaking—in some areas that should embarrass Democrats, LiveScience notes, such as knowing who the Senate majority leader is. About half of GOP respondents correctly named Harry Reid, compared to just a third of Democrats. The parties tied (39%) when asked to identify Stephen Colbert. Overall, only 32% knew the Senate passed its health care legislation without a single GOP vote.