So NEOS is basically the new LIF (meaning it will die out very quickly)?
Next year, 4 state elections take place in Burgenland, Styria, Upper Austria and Vienna.
Basically half of Austria will vote next year, which means these state elections will tell us more if NEOS is here to stay or not.
Maybe NEOS would have done better today if they had a more experienced politician rather than a newcomer (sounds strange, right ?). Usually newcomers are better than experienced politicians, but in the case of NEOS they picked a candidate who stumbled on a few issues and was heavily attacked by the ÖVP and Green frontrunners. NEOS, in the beginning, had the advantage of not being taken seriously by the main parties but that changed during the EU elections and now in Vorarlberg. Now, the main parties take them seriously and try to take them out.
Next year, NEOS will also face problems in Upper Austria, Burgenland and Styria (where the main battle will be SPÖ/ÖVP vs. FPÖ for 1st place, which will drown out NEOS). NEOS has a good chance in Vienna though.