A new poll shows a rise in approval for the Tea Party movement, amid a growing scandal over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

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A CNN/ORC poll released Monday found 37 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, up 9 points from their 28 percent positive rating in March.

The 37 percent approval rating is just one percentage point below the movement’s all-time high in CNN/ORC’s polling.

A plurality of respondents, though, still hold an unfavorable view of Tea Party groups. Forty-five percent have a negative view of the movement, but that figure is down 3 points from March.

The poll's findings come after the IRS admitted employees had been applying a higher level of scrutiny to conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status, singling out those with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names.

"Politically, the group that may have benefitted the most from last week's news is the Tea Party movement, which may be getting something akin to a 'sympathy vote' for being targeted by the highly unpopular IRS," CNN polling director Keating Holland.

President Obama has criticized the IRS actions as “outrageous” and last week accepted the resignation of acting IRS Director Steven Miller. Congress has vowed to hold investigations into the IRS's conduct.

A number of GOP lawmakers have questioned whether the targeting was directed by senior Treasury or White House officials and want answers on what steps were taken to stop the misconduct.

On Monday, Obama press secretary Jay Carney said that chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughTrump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years Former Obama UN ambassador to meet with Senate Intelligence panel: report Trump administration must release Clinton emails State Department tried to hide MORE and other senior officials were aware of the findings of a Treasury inspector general report, but elected not to inform the president.

Carney defended the move, saying the White House did not want to provide the impression they were interfering in an ongoing investigation.

Also on Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusTrump has yet to travel west as president Healthcare profiles in courage and cowardice OPINION | On Trump-Russia probe, don’t underestimate Sen. Chuck Grassley MORE (D-Mont.) and ranking Republican Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHatch urged Trump to ‘speak clearly’ against hate groups The Memo: Trump tries to quiet race storm Senators push FTC to finalize changes to contact lens rule MORE (Utah) called on the IRS to provide more information related to the additional scrutiny applied to Tea Party groups.

The CNN/ORC poll was conducted from May 17-18 among 923 adults. The poll had a 3-point margin of error.