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?

  • 10.7% of what? It's only a single poll. What is the error margin? How many people were asked? – Trilarion Feb 2 at 8:20
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    Given the low level of support, it's rather unlikely there would be a lot detailed surveys on the "why" part. – Fizz Feb 2 at 9:49
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    Well, people usually support (return to) monarchy if present system displays constant instability with various first-popular-then-hated politicians temporarily ruling the country, promising great things and delivering little. Monarchy would then return some semblance of order and certainty, tradition and would serve to remind everyone that state exists above petty political partisanship. – rs.29 Feb 2 at 19:26
  • There is some confusion here (in my mind, in the question, and in the references) between a “royal dictatorship” (absolute monarchy) and a monarchy with a strong prime minister and parliament (constitutional monarchy). I at first suspected it to be the later, as there is a reference to the Parliamentary Monarchist Movement regarding the 1992 referendum. And yet the interviewed would-be king talks like a right wing dictator. For me, this makes a lot of difference to any discussion of the question of why there might be popular Brazilian support for monarchy. – Orbital Aussie Feb 3 at 6:39

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