credibility gap


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credibility gap

The discrepancy between the lofty promises that a person makes and the resulting action or situation. The politician suffered a credibility gap regarding his claims about the economy's improvement because his constituents were still unable to find work.
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credibility gap

Distrust of a public statement or position, as in The current credibility gap at City Hall is the result of miscommunication between the mayor's office and the press . This term originated about 1960 in connection with the American public's disinclination to believe government statements about the Vietnam War. It soon was extended to individuals and corporations as well as government agencies to express a lack of confidence in the truth of their statements, or perception of a discrepancy between words and actions.
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London -- London, February 6 /PRNewswire/ -- - The Chancellor's credibility gap explained
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Sir, - When Britain's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks accuses Mr Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown of "using empty words" and when increasingly a range of pressure groups, including Family Youth Concern, accuse the Government of "destructive and counter-productive policies" one has to ask the question: Is the credibility gap widening between the rhetoric of New Labour and what is actually happening to families and local communities throughout the land?
Acknowledging they face a credibility gap with voters, Los Angeles City Council members voted Friday to place a $744 million bond measure for police and fire improvements on the April 13 ballot.
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True, he sticks the knife into Tony Blair good and proper but he still has a monster credibility gap with the public.