I read from the LA Times that there are monarchists in Brazil who support the idea of the nation returning to a form of monarchy. According to a poll in 2017, about 10.7% support a return to and Empire with a royal family controlling the country and the only reasons for this support that are mentioned in the LA Times article I have linked to this post (https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-06/royalists-pine-for-days-of-empire-in-bolsonaros-brazil) are the ideas that the people who support a return to monarchy are very conservative and don't want a leader who is "not concerned about the next election". However, I feel like there are other ways to deal with the latter issue without returning to a monarchy and being conservative doesn't seem like enough of a reason to want to return to rule by royals. Are there any other reasons to explain why certain voters would want to restore monarchical rule by a family with absolute authority in modern times?
Our democratic government is relatively very corrupt, and has been for a long time. We do have a working free press, so a lot of corruption gets publicly exposed. Over the last few years we've begun seeing high level officials jailed, up to and including the President. That's an improvement in my opinion - when I was a kid in the 90's very damning evidence would get plastered over media with no consequences - but most people perceive it as things getting worse.
This creates dissatisfaction and alienation. A non-negligible minority of the people favors a return to military dictatorship. The monarchists are just another niche.
Also, our last few monarchs were relatively very enlightened, allowing some dissent, abolishing slavery (probably to their demise a few short years later), and keeping the country together against very disfavorable odds - look at all the fragmentation around us on Spanish America. This was over a century ago, but direct descendants are available.
"Even if I had a thousand thrones, a thousand thrones I would give up to end slavery."