This problem just came up on a site meta: A user commented on a question,
I can't decide whether to upvote because this is a good topic or downvote because I [disagree with the proposal].
So, what should this user do?
If there's strong consensus on a meta proposal then the question will end up distinguished in rankings by vote. However, if the net votes on a question are near zero but there are a great many of them, then the question will not be distinguished by any visible summary measure.
I can think of three possible solutions to this:
Add a "Total Votes" sort view to meta question lists, (which is a natural precursor to this well-received proposal to add badges for "Insightfulness" on metas).
Adopt and encourage a convention that "Favoriting" a question in meta indicates that the underlying matter is worthy of attention.
And, for illustrative purposes, the last solution will appear in an answer.