Male speakers of either standard or Spanish-accented English were presented to 80 undergraduates as individuals with either lower-class or middle-class backgrounds. The students rated each speaker on status, solidarity, stereotype, and speech characteristics and also made social distance judgements. For all measures, a significant interaction reflected the fact that lower-class accented speakers were perceived much less favourably than the corresponding lower-class standard speakers while the differences associated with speech styles among middle-class speakers were smaller. The results are discussed in terms of the assumptions listeners presumably make about accented speakers’ social class and beliefs.